Graduation ceremonies

Congratulations on your upcoming graduation.

A day to celebrate.

Your graduation ceremony is a very special occasion. It’s a chance to celebrate your academic achievements with classmates, friends, family and staff.

From dress hire to studio-quality photos, we have plenty of ways to make your big day special. Keep reading to learn more.

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Upcoming ceremonies

Due to capacity and COVID-safe limits, unfortunately we are unable to provide additional guest tickets for purchase for our December Launceston and Hobart ceremonies, outside of what you have already been allocated. Additional guests will be able to enjoy the event live on our YouTube channel on the day.

To purchase additional guest tickets for the Burnie ceremony - please visit the Registration Portal.

Burnie | Tuesday 7 December

2022 graduation ceremonies

  • Tuesday 6 December

Venue

Town Hall, Burnie Arts & Function Centre
77/79 Wilmot Street, Burnie

Preparing for your graduation

  • When you’re eligible to graduate, we’ll contact your university email. You’ll be asked to check your details, and we’ll share some important information about your ceremony.
  • If you or your guests have accessibility requirements, such as using a wheelchair, crutches or a guide dog, please let us know by emailing graduation@utas.edu.au.
  • Contact us by email at graduation@utas.edu.au or through U Connect if you have any concerns or queries.

Register to attend your graduation ceremony

Registrations for our December ceremonies have now closed.

Please visit the Registration Portal if you need to make a change to your registration.


Watch our fun video to find out everything you didn't think you needed to know about what to do at your ceremony.

What to do on the day

  • Collect your academic dress the day before your ceremony. Read the academic dress FAQs for more information, including collection times.
  • Please make sure you print your tickets or have them ready on your mobile device.
  • Leave plenty of time to find parking, the venue, and be seated.
  • Please arrive at the venue 45 minutes before the ceremony begins. It’s a good idea to leave plenty of time to find parking and be seated.

Graduation ceremonies are general admission and all guests are required to have a valid ticket for the graduation ceremony.

  • Please be seated 30 minutes before your ceremony’s commencement time. You can find your seat number on your ticket.
  • Ushers will be there to help you find your seat. So that the ceremony runs smoothly, it’s very important that you do not swap seats with anyone else.

Graduation ceremonies are general admission and all guests are required to have a valid ticket for the graduation ceremony.

  • All guests are required to have a valid ticket for the ceremony. They should be seated at least 15 minutes before the ceremony commencement time.
  • Guests will not have allocated seats, so it’s best to arrive early to get the position you want.
  • Please note, guests will not usually be admitted after the ceremony has started.
  • Wheelchair access is available at all venues.

Graduation ceremonies are formal occasions with several speeches and are, therefore, not always suitable for young children.

  • Whilst everyone is welcome at our ceremonies, it’s important to know that these are formal occasions with quite a few speeches. As such, they may not be suitable for young children.
  • Unless sitting on an adult’s lap, children will require a ticket.
  • If you wish to take young children, it’s a good idea to bring along a snack and drink. You can also bring along a book or a quiet toy to keep them occupied. However, please note that for ceremonies held at the Federation Concert Hall or City Recital Hall, no food or drink is permitted in the auditorium.

Each ceremony begins with a procession of university leadership and academics to the stage. The Chancellor will then deliver some opening remarks and the Occasional Address will be made by the guest speaker.

Graduates and diplomates will cross the stage and be presented to the Chancellor. Graduates and diplomates then acknowledge the Chancellor by doffing their hat before being congratulated.

Whilst on stage, you’ll have the chance to pose for a photograph with the Chancellor. You’ll be given your testamur, academic transcript and alumni pin.

The ceremony usually lasts between 90 minutes and two hours. Afterwards, the Chancellor will invite you and your guests to refreshments.

Travel and accommodation

Due to COVID-19, travel restrictions are constantly changing. It’s important to stay up to date with the latest information before you make any arrangements. You can find the latest information on coming to Tasmania at coronavirus.tas.gov.au.

We do not recommend arranging travel for interstate or overseas guests until you have a valid ticket for them to attend your graduation ceremony.

  • In Launceston and Hobart there are coaches that will take you from the airport directly to your accommodation.
  • Ceremony venues are centrally located in their respective cities, and are easily accessible by bus or taxi, or even walking.
  • Car hire: Special rates are available to graduates. Contact Europcar on 1800 030 118 and quote 50020833 for the special rate.
  • For airline connections please consult your own local travel agent who will advise you on domestic air services within Australia as an add-on to international travel.

Town and Gown

The Town and Gown parades are a special feature of our summer graduations. This is a chance for the entire community to celebrate the achievements of our graduates. You will need to register to join the Town and Gown parade in your city. You can do this when you register to attend your graduation ceremony.

Graduation services

You can book and pay for graduation services in advance. However, except for academic dress hire, you can also do this on the day of your graduation.

Academic dress

While it isn’t mandatory, we encourage all graduands to wear academic dress. It’s a great way to make the most of the occasion. You can hire your gown and colours when you register for your ceremony.

Graduation photography

There’s no better way to commemorate the occasion that a professional studio photo with your family and friends. Our photographers attend each ceremony.

Stage photography

We’ll also be there to capture your big moment on stage. Your photo will be printed with the University’s logo and year of graduation. You can pick this up right after the ceremony.

Certificate framing & plaques

You can choose from a range of professional frames with embossed mats, perfect for displaying your certificate after the ceremony. We also offer plaques as an elegant alternative to your certificate.

Keepsakes

To celebrate and remember your graduation, a range of keepsakes and branded merchandise will be available to purchase on the day.

Testamur certified copies

A photocopy service is available at each ceremony. You can have your certificate colour-copied before you frame it. Copies are useful for applying for jobs in countries other than Australia.

Frequently asked questions

Attendance requirements

You don't need to apply to graduate. You’ll receive a graduation eligibility letter from the Graduation Office in mid-June for Winter graduations and mid-October for December graduations. This will confirm your potential eligibility to graduate, subject to completing any last course requirements and payment of outstanding fees. You can also find your graduation information in eStudent.

Find out more about eligibility (student portal).

You can’t defer your graduation, but you don’t have to attend your ceremony if you don’t wish to.

If you don’t come to your ceremony, you’ll graduate in absentia. Your documents will be sent to you by Registered Post (within Australia) or EMS Courier (overseas) after the conclusion of the graduation round. If your documents are being sent to a non-Australian address, please allow extra time for delivery.

You’ll receive a digital testamur, academic transcript and Australian Higher Education Graduation Statement (AHEGS). These documents will be available in My eQuals, and you will receive an email in the days following graduation to let you know when you can view these documents, as well as instructions on how to register with the My eQuals website.

You can always attend a ceremony in the future if you decide later. Refer to 'Can I attend a future ceremony instead?' below.

If you’ve already registered and no longer wish to attend, contact details for the registration provider will be included in the registration portal. They can cancel your registration and issue you a refund.

If you decide you want to attend, and it’s still within the registration period, you can go ahead and register.

Unfortunately, we cannot accept late registrations. If you don’t register by the close date (or earlier if a ceremony reaches capacity), you’ll have to wait until a future round of graduation ceremonies.

You can always attend a ceremony in the future if you decide later. This is called ‘attending as a walk-through’, which is the same as everyone else except you won’t receive a testamur and transcript, because you already have them.

Your name will appear in the graduation program of the earlier ceremony, and you’ll be presented with a 'blank' certificate. This allows you to have your degree conferred at the appropriate time, while still having the opportunity to participate in a ceremony at a time convenient to you.

Please contact graduation@utas.edu.au to be included in the current graduation round.

Academic Dress

  • While we do not make academic dress compulsory, we would prefer all those participating in the ceremony to wear it. The academic dress set includes a gown, a mortar board or bonnet, and a hood and/or stole.
  • As the graduation ceremony is a formal occasion, students and guests are encouraged to dress appropriately. As a general guide, think of what would be suitable for a special dinner or a job interview.
  • The colours associated with academic dress generally distinguish the college you belong to (or, in some cases, the discipline within a college). You’ll be provided with the correct dress for your award as per our Academic Dress Procedure (PDF 303.3KB). Academic dress not sourced through our preferred supplier may not provide you with regalia that is an exact match.
  • If you’re receiving a double degree, and are graduating for both degrees in one ceremony, you’ll only need to place one order.
  • Our academic dress is patterned on that used at the University of Oxford.
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders are invited to wear a coloured scarf to celebrate their cultural heritage, supplied by the Office of the Pro Vice-Chancellor Aboriginal Leadership.
  • When you register to attend your ceremony, you will be able to hire your academic dress from the University's preferred supplier.
  • Payment is required at the time of booking academic dress.
  • Academic dress hire prices vary depending on your requirements - as a general rule:
    • Diploma set:  $90 includes gown & stole
    • Bachelor set:  $90 includes gown, hood & mortarboard
    • Master's set:  $90 includes gown, hood & mortarboard
    • Doctor of Philosophy set: $120 includes gown, hood & bonnet
  • Cancellation of order: If you need to cancel your order please contact GFP Graduations to arrange your refund. Generally refunds are not applicable if your cancellation occurs within 3 days of your ceremony.
  • Burnie
    Tues 7 December, 8.30am-11.00am
    Burnie Arts and Function Centre, 77/79 Wilmot Street, Burnie
  • Launceston
    Thurs 9 December, 2.00pm-7.00pm
    Grand Ballroom, Hotel Grand Chancellor, 29 Cameron St, Launceston
  • Hobart
    Wed 15 December, 2.00pm-7.00pm
    Grand Ballroom, Hotel Grand Chancellor, 1 Davey St, Hobart

  • Please return your academic dress no later than two hours after your ceremony concludes, unless you've made prior arrangements with GFP Graduations.
  • Failure to return academic dress on time may incur a charge equivalent to the purchase price of the regalia. Purchase price is three times the hire price.
  • Academic dress is worn over your normal attire. 
    • Please note that what you’re wearing underneath will be visible. For this reason, business attire and comfortable shoes are highly recommended. The gowns are quite heavy, so you may want to remove any jackets.
    • Gown: The gown is worn over the top of your clothing like a jacket. Undergraduates’ arms go through the sleeve, while postgraduate students’ arms slide through an opening in the sleeve.
    • Hood: For all degrees, the hood is then placed over the top of your gown and worn with the colour hanging down the back of the gown and the V at the front of your neck.
    • Mortarboard: The Mortarboard is worn with the shallow part to the front of your head and the deep part at the back of the head, with the tassel placed on the left (over your left ear).
  • If you’re confused about your academic dress, don’t worry. Staff will be there to help you.

When you place your order online, you’ll have the option to select your size, based on your height. You’ll be fitted for the correct size when you pick up your academic dress.

SIZEHEIGHT (cm)HEIGHT (ft)
XXS 130 - 150 cm 4'2" - 4'9"
XS 150 - 160 cm 4'9" - 5'3"
S 160 - 170 cm 5'3" - 5'6"
M 170 - 180 cm 5'6" - 5'9"
L 180 - 190 cm 5'9" - 6'2"
XL 190 cm + 6'2" +

Graduating during COVID-19

  • When you arrive at the venue, you’ll be required to scan a QR code on your smart phone to check into the venue.
    • Please make sure that you and your guests download the Check in Tas App before arriving at the venue. Venue staff will be available to assist you and your guests with the check-in process if necessary.
  • If members of your party cannot access the Check-in Tas app, sign in sheets will be available.
  • Physical or social distancing continues to be the strongest safeguard to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Government protocols recommends a safe distance of no less than 1.5 metres between yourself and others.
  • To meet current guidelines, a two square metres per person rule will apply at all venues, in accordance with the maximum density limit.

Our alumni community

As a graduate of the University of Tasmania, you’re part of a vibrant global family of over 130,000 of our alumni. Our alumni live and work on all continents around the world and across approximately 112 countries.

We encourage our global alumni family to keep in contact so we can continue to keep you informed about the opportunities and networks available to you. And if you want to revisit your graduation ceremony, you can find links to past graduation videos on the Alumni page as well.

Our alumni community